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Family Focus

Family Focus
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
The limit of my commentary now is to offer a reminder, even to myself, that the manner in which we did things when the family unit looked one way is very likely in need of an overhaul, or at least a tweak, when the family unit looks very different.
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Drive for Detroit: Week 1 in Review

Drive for Detroit: Week 1 in Review
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Opening night of MHSAA football season never disappoints. This weekend’s first games of 2014 again produced plenty of discussion fodder. But they also included a couple interesting rarities worth pointing out.
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Second Half Starts Your Football Drive

Second Half Starts Your Football Drive
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Just like that, the first weekend of MHSAA football season 2014 is in the books. But we've got three more months of exciting stories to follow as September kicks off. Here's a brief breakdown of regular features to come this season on Second Half.
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Family Time

Family Time
Friday, August 29, 2014
“It’s the drive there and the drive back. And you talk about anything else except about the game.”
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NFHS Network Rooted in Our Back Yards

NFHS Network Rooted in Our Back Yards
Friday, August 29, 2014
The definitive difference between the NFHS Network and earlier talk of national tournaments and telecasts is that the network’s thrust is local, not national. In fact, it’s hyper-local. This latest installment in a recent benchmarks series on the growing pr...
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A-PLUS Idea: St. Johns 'Under the Lights'

A-PLUS Idea: St. Johns 'Under the Lights'
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Cross country runners will cover 5 kilometers a lot this fall, with unique courses and different competitors providing the variety to go with that standard race distance.
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#TBT: Generations of Football Champions

#TBT: Generations of Football Champions
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Our first Second Half Throwback Thursday of 2014-15 is such a long toss into the past that we don't know many of the details behind this photo – aside from the common tie between these celebrating athletes and those kicking off this weekend who hope to celebr...
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A Game for Every Fan: Week 1

A Game for Every Fan: Week 1
Thursday, August 28, 2014
It’s a lot like birds knowing to fly north in the spring. If you’ve played, coached, parented or followed high school football, you’re likely having a hard time not jumping out of your shoes in anticipation of opening night.
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Fruit Belt 'Interacts' to Recruit Officials

Fruit Belt 'Interacts' to Recruit Officials
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The MHSAA always is seeking creative ideas for recruiting some of the most important people in high school athletics – officials to preside over the games.  The Fruit Belt Officials Association once again hosted an interactive recruitment booth at ...
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MHSAA.TV Makeover Goes LIVE

MHSAA.TV Makeover Goes LIVE
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
A new look awaits visitors to the MHSAA.tv website this season, a makeover which will allow fans to clip and share highlights and easily track their favorite school.
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Leland Ace Finds Net in Record Fashion

Leland Ace Finds Net in Record Fashion
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The Leland girls soccer team won its league and District this spring on the feet of a number of talented players, including one of the highest scorers in MHSAA history. Sophomore Libby Munoz set a single-season record with 84 points and scored the second-most...
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Counting On Officials

Counting On Officials
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
It is sometimes the most maligned who do the most good; and that might be said of high school sports officials.
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Participation Ranks 7th Nationally

Participation Ranks 7th Nationally
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
For the sixth straight year, Michigan ranked seventh nationally in high school sports participation, according to statistics for the 2013-14 school year released recently by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
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SBP Brings Our Schools to You

SBP Brings Our Schools to You
Monday, August 25, 2014
Today’s high school students have endless broadcast possibilities because with a little creativity and vision, they can be hands on producing their schools’ athletic and non-athletic events. This installment of a recent benchmarks series on the growth of vi...
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CAP Begins 2014-15 on Record Pace

CAP Begins 2014-15 on Record Pace
Friday, August 22, 2014
Gretchen Mohney has come to recognize coaches who think they already know it all. “My favorite is when they admit that they’ve done something wrong, and they want to know how to do something better,” said Mohney, a highly-respected trainer and strengt...
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In Others’ Words

In Others’ Words
Friday, August 22, 2014
It chafes me to hear a CEO say he or she wants to know what “creative” has to say about a sponsorship initiative before the CEO will offer an opinion.
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Be the Referee: Football Targeting

Be the Referee: Football Targeting
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The MHSAA's new "Be the Referee" series kicks off the 2014-15 football season by explaining targeting fouls.  
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Use of Participation Fees Rises Slightly

Use of Participation Fees Rises Slightly
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Nearly 57 percent of Michigan High School Athletic Association high schools assessed participation fees to help fund interscholastic athletics in 2013-14, according to the most recent survey taken by the MHSAA – indicating a slight increase in use of fees compared...
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See the Whole Play

See the Whole Play
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
“To make the right call we have to avoid narrow focus and be aware of all details.”
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Driving Lessons

Driving Lessons
Friday, August 15, 2014
There are three actions on a fast-moving expressway that jeopardize the health of travelers that are like three actions that jeopardize the health of organizations.
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